Winter Holiday Hours at Andersonville National Historic Site
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343, x.201
During the upcoming winter holiday season, the National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville National Historic Site will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012; and New Years Day, January 1, 2013.The park entrance, prison site, and picnic area will also be closed on these two days.
The Andersonville National Cemetery will be open to the public each of these holidays, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Holiday access to the National Cemetery will be through the Cemetery gate, located just north of the city of Andersonville on Highway 49. "The National Cemetery remains open on holidays to allow families to visit their loved ones," remarked park superintendent Brad Bennett. Grave decoration regulations allow for Christmas wreaths and floral blankets no larger than 2 by 3 feet from December 1 to January 20. After this time seasonal decorations will be removed and discarded.
Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The national park features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. Andersonville National Historic Site is the only national park within the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with the museum opening at 9:00 a.m. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS
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Did You Know?
Inside the Andersonville prison was a vibrant free market economy. Prisoner George Fechtner recounted that, “there were a number of barber shops there where men could get shaved, their hair cut and whiskers dyed, and some of them carried on the doctoring business. They would buy their dyeing articles to work with, their soap and other things, from new arrivals.” Other prisoners operated stores, sold firewood, and repaired clothes and shoes.